Faith is vital for walking closely with God. The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. It clearly shows us that we must trust God and have faith in Him. You will not obey and follow someone who you do not trust.
Because God does not think or act like we do, we say that He works in “mysterious ways”. We will not understand many things that God is doing. We are not capable of understanding the things or ways of God unless He reveals them to us. Faith is not about understanding everything God is doing. It is trusting and following Him even though we do not understand what He is doing.
Faith is knowing that because of God’s perfect character and perfect faithfulness, He will do or give what He said or promised. The Bible calls a lack of faith having a hard, unbelieving heart. This type of hard unbelieving heart is not pleasing to God.
Trust And Faith Is Vital In Any Relationship
Faith and trust is vital in any relationship. Surely faith is vital to walk closely with God. It is one of the 8 keys for intimacy with God. You cannot have good intimate fellowship with God without faith and trust.
“But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.” – James 1:6-7
“Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. – James 2:21-23
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
What Is Faith ?
Since faith is vital to walk closely with God, we need to understand what it is. It is not just about going to church. Or belonging to a certain religion or denomination. Or doing something for God occasionally. There is much more to it than this.
Here are some Bible verses about faith in God.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
More About Faith
“Real faith is not hoping to get what you want, but accepting what God gives you” – Adrian Rogers
“Faith is knowing God, and knowing that He is able to do what He says, and that He will do it.” – Henry Blackaby
What God says in His word is the truth. Not what you see in your circumstances or what you feel. Faith is not based on circumstances, or what you see or what you feel. In fact, many times our feelings or what we think we see or understand are often misleading. You need to learn to not put your trust in sight or feelings, and place your trust in God.
Jesus in John 14:6 said “I am the way, the Truth, and the life.” Truth is not a philosophy or a concept. Truth is a person – Jesus. Everything He says or promises is always Truth. He will always do or give what He says or promises.
In part 2 of this series of article we will look more into how faith is vital to walk closely with God.
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